World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated every year on 2 April to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the world. On this day different autism organizations from all around the world come together to aid in things like research, diagnoses, treatment and accept those who are affected by the developmental disorder. This idea is designated by United General Assembly resolution’ 62/139. World Autism Awareness Day” passed in council on 1 November 2007, and adopted on 18 December 2007. It was proposed by the United Nations representative from Qatar, her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al- Missned, consort of his Highness Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the state of Qatar, and supported by all member states.
It is one of only seven official health-specific UN Days.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism is a developmental disorder in which a person suffers from difficulties like social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior. They have trouble understanding what other people think and feel. This makes it very hard for them to express themselves either with words or through gestures, facial expressions, and touch This sign can be noticed during the child’s first three years of life. Autism is related to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. They may have unusually developed skills in other areas, such as drawing, creative music, solving math problems, or memorizing facts. For this reason, they may test higher- perhaps even in the average or average range- on nonverbal intelligent tests.
What Causes Autism?
During pregnancy risk factors of getting Autism in a child include certain infections, such as rubella, toxins including valproic acid, alcohol and cocaine, pesticides and air pollution, fetal growth restrictions, and autoimmune diseases. It affects information processing in the brain by altering connections and organizations of nerve cells and their synapses.
How to Celebrate?
This year the campaign for Autism Spectrum Disorder is #LightupBlue which is started by Autism Speaks, USA, where various famous buildings and monuments in the city are illuminated blue with lights to support the day. They are also organizing programs and seminars in hospitals and schools.
This year, as apart of the campaign, we want to take further and ask people what they are doing to light up blue or what you doing to raise the awareness.
Here are some steps by which you can join the campaign and raise awareness towards the Autism.
- Change your facebook frame for one week to show your support.
- You can also support this campaign through Instagram.
- Upload a post or video saying you support the campaign and connect with the Autism Day by #LightitUpBlue hashtag
- Upload the Instagram Stories Wallpaper on your page.
- You can post a status on social media accounts to show your support for the campaign
- Tewwt: Join @UmmeedCDC’s campaign #LighjtItUpBlue to spread
- #AutismAwareness: Wear blue to show your support, light up your home office blue, and use & share their toolkit.
- Wear Blue on Tuesday 2nd April and ask your friends and team.